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Conservative Political Action Conference
Jeb Bush yet to pass the tea party litmus test
Jeb Bush yet to pass the tea party litmus test

The significance of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) recently held in a Washington suburb was what it revealed about how far the speakers were willing to go to establish their credentials for being there. For most them, as purists in the conservative orthodoxy of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong defense policy and, above all, opposition to Obamacare and its presidential namesake, it was an effortless sales job. The meaningless CPAC straw poll of attendees was again won, as in 2014, by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, more a libertarian than a conservative, and was a tribute to zeal of his followers, who previously had given the dubious honor to his...